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August 26, 2015
In my experience working with HKI in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one thing that has been a constant is the positive feedback from partners working on the ground to improve the health and nutrition of children across the country. This has happened time and time again; but for some reason, it...
August 25, 2015
Dengue. Malaria. Ebola. These are just some of the conditions that HKI staff have contracted or been exposed to while delivering services to communities in 22 countries around the world. From the office in New York City where I sit, these tropical diseases can seem foreign, but for the majority of...
August 25, 2015
Howard Cohn is an American ophthalmologist with a specialty in glaucoma, and a strong interest in international ophthalmology and blindness prevention. Dr. Cohn has been instrumental in re-establishing a European branch of HKI dedicated to fundraising called Helen Keller International Europe, and...
August 21, 2015
Excerpted from Kate Ganz's acceptance speech upon receiving the 2013 Spirit of Helen Keller Award. When I thought about what I wanted to talk about this evening I kept remembering one day, one afternoon, one visit that I made to an impoverished village in Niger, and what happened to me that...
August 19, 2015
The Harvest Basket: In the Sahel in West Africa – a semi-arid region just south of the Sahara desert — the rain falls in a short intense monsoon season from June to September. The main staple crops, such as pearl millet, are grown during this season, and the harvest has to provide for families for...
August 17, 2015
In 1994, the ChildSight® Program was launched in Washington Heights, NY. The model of the program included core components such as visual acuity screening, vision assessment with licensed optometrist, and the provision of eyeglasses. These key services of the program have not altered. However, a...
August 14, 2015
“Since I started planting vegetables in May 2014 in our yard, I haven’t spent money anymore to buy green vegetables. Instead, I earn at least IDR 100,000 (approximately USD $8) each month from the sale of those vegetables. And that amount hasn’t even included the money from the sales of chickens!”...
August 13, 2015
It was on an HKI Board trip to Sierra Leone in February 2014 that our group visited a small rural village en route to another location. We stopped at a health clinic to meet with members of the staff, some patients, and residents of the surrounding area served by the clinic. After introducing...
August 13, 2015
On my first trip to the field as a new Board member in 2008, we went to Singida, Tanzania, a full-day’s drive into the center of the country from Dar es Salaam, mostly down rutted dirt roads. The hotel’s mosquito bed nets had big holes in them, the shower emitted a trickle, but we were there to see...

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